Last Updated: 28/03/11 1:28pm
Woods: feels ready to peak
Tiger Woods insists he can win a fifth Masters - despite again failing to contend in his final warm-up event.
Woods shot an even par 72 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill to finish a never-in-contention tied 24th. And it meant a tied 10th at Doral remains his best result in five events this season.
But when asked if he could land the Green Jacket, Woods' knee-jerk reponse was "Absolutely".
Woods expanded by stressing that there were definite signs of encouragement in his game as he bids to land a 15th major title.
"It's getting better every week I've played, and just need to keep progressing and hopefully it will peak two more Thursdays from now," said Woods, in reference to the start of The Masters on April 7th.
"It was a very good week and a week I needed to see. I really hit the ball well and the things that we were working on the last, you know, couple weeks, really, really felt comfortable today, and I felt I was able to control just about every shot today.
"This year, I felt like I've played my way into shape. I've played, I've kept progressing and early in the year was disappointing because the conditions showed some signs of weakness that I had to work on.
"Now, it's feeling very, very good."
Woods' detractors will say that failing to break the top 20 at Bay Hill - an event he has won six times - can't be classed as a "good week".
His backers will point to the fact that it's all money in the bank and that Tiger was able to finish fourth in last year's Masters despite it being his first event of the 2010 season due to the break he took after the much publicised problems in his private life.
That's certainly the view Tiger is taking.
"It's nice to have got some tournaments under my belt. Last year I went into it (The Masters) just like I did the '08 U.S. Open. Same deal, I didn't really practice before the '08 Open because my leg was broken. Just go out there, show up and play, and those two venues (Augusta National and Torrey Pines), I knew the golf course, and that helps a lot.
"And now it's nice to be more in tournament shape going in."
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